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Level 1
45 min

Rest Your Body, Soothe Your Mind

Restorative | By Jason Crandell on Aug 10 2012
This is a deep, quieting, nurturing restorative practice designed to rest your body and soothe your mind. What else needs to be said….? (You will need 2 Blankets, a belt and a bolster)


This is a deep, quieting, nurturing restorative practice designed to rest your body and soothe your mind. What else needs to be said….? (You will need 2 Blankets, a belt and a bolster)


  • Elizabeth Scanlan     Aug 29th, 2014
    Jason, your calm unrushed and matter of fact teaching style is just what I needed-thanks!
    • Jason Crandell     Sep 1st, 2014
  • Kate Shapkaroff     Jul 2nd, 2014
    I have a hard time relaxing, too. Taking classes like this are such an important part of my mental well being. Thank you.
  • Laura Albertelli     Jan 29th, 2014
    ahhhhhh...nearly fell asleep with this...sooo nurturing, soooo soft...i loved it. thank u
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 29th, 2014
      Glad ou enjoyed it Laura, thanks.
  • Tiffany Del Cid     Jan 11th, 2014
    This was exactly the practice I needed for myself. I am practicing 30 days of yoga and a restorative practice is much needed for this. Thank you.
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 11th, 2014
      Glad it worked well for you Tiffany, thanks.
  • Melani Schweder     Nov 26th, 2013
    Finally a non-boring restorative class! Thank you Jason- I always look forward to your teaching :)
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 27th, 2013
      Ha! Thanks Melani. Glad you enjoyed it.
  • Susan Pullman_John     Oct 15th, 2013
    I loved this restorative class. But the thing I really look forward to is your inner dialog that you share out load. I think your awesome
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 17th, 2013
      It's so nice to know that you're taking the occasional class with me still, Susan. I really hope our paths cross again.
  • Kim Hargreaves     Oct 3rd, 2013
    Just what I needed today, my intention was to do one of your flow classes, however I am only 2 weeks post surgery and the anaesthetic really was showing its presence still in my body. This was so lovely, the perfect opportunity to nurture myself. Thank you.
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 3rd, 2013
      Glad you enjoyed it Kim, thanks.
  • Karen Robert     Jul 22nd, 2013
    Jason, I truly appreciate your gentle approach to teaching. I also love your voice. Thank you. Very calm and peaceful.
  • ELAINE Embree     Jul 9th, 2013
    Very nice for a tired pregnant person...Thank you, Jason!
    • Jason Crandell     Jul 9th, 2013
      ;) thanks Elaine
  • Denise Meriwether     Jun 23rd, 2013
    Really calmed my nerves, thanks
    • Jason Crandell     Jun 23rd, 2013
      glad to hear it Denise, thanks
  • Christine Powell     Jun 16th, 2013
    Thanks Jason! :) <3 xox
    • Jason Crandell     Jun 16th, 2013
      my pleasure Christine. Thanks!
  • Divya Kohli     May 23rd, 2013
    I do this one a lot - life in London requires it!
    • Jason Crandell     May 23rd, 2013
      Glad to hear you enjoy it, thanks Divya
  • dar carman     Feb 10th, 2013
    so enjoyed how you talked us through the set up, being there etc. just enough cueing for my mind to anchor to presence.Do you have a way you like to set up for restorative pigeon ? thanks Dar
  • Donna Williams     Feb 2nd, 2013
    A great lesson in being ok with accepting stillness and quietness as part of our practice - huge thanks Jason.
    • Jason Crandell     Feb 2nd, 2013
      Thanks Donna!
  • Maurey Lancaster     Jan 22nd, 2013
    Jason, I love you. You are a wonderful teacher. That is all.
    • Jason Crandell     Jan 22nd, 2013
      Maurey- thank you very much! You are kind.
  • India Alexis     Dec 17th, 2012
    I am on day three of a fast and needed something exactly like this. It was so lovely. Thank you!
    • Jason Crandell     Dec 17th, 2012
      Hi India, glad you enjoyed this. thanks
  • Danielle Nolles     Nov 25th, 2012
    Jason, thank you for this practice.. I live WAY out in the deep countryside of France and it is the most wonderful precious thing to be able to follow classes with you on Yogaglo here in my house. Merci beaucoup. Danielle
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 25th, 2012
      Danielle - Thanks for your comment! It is thrilling to know that yogaglo enables us to connect and practice from afar.
  • Mary Lockwood     Nov 19th, 2012
    Deeply soothing and relaxing, loved the blocks with legs up the wall. This one is a keeper! Thank you and Blessings
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 19th, 2012
      Mary, glad you enjoyed this. Thanks!
  • Nina Harwood     Nov 10th, 2012
    stress stress rush rush and then *Jason's class* exhaaaaaaaale, sigh, thank you!
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 10th, 2012
      Thanks Nina!
  • catalina volintiru     Nov 4th, 2012
    how relaxing that was!! When i started picking up my props to clean my floor i was soo asleep that everything seemed to drop from my hands. Outside was pooring rain and soo cold that i was very grateful to be indoors and practice with you. Thank YOu Jason!
    • Jason Crandell     Nov 4th, 2012
      thank you!
  • Brad Seftel     Oct 27th, 2012
    Great sequence, well paced and wonderfully articulated. Thank you Jason - have a good one ;)
    • Jason Crandell     Oct 29th, 2012
      Thanks Brad!
  • laurie greenberg     Oct 19th, 2012
    Very sweet and effective practice. Off to meditate....

    Much Love,

  • Sarah Hon     Oct 13th, 2012
    Loved it, thank you Jason. Didn't realise that you have recently become a Dad? Congratulations and welcome to parenthood. I have found that I opt for a restorative practice at least once a week since becoming a mum.
  • Jennifer LaFleur     Oct 6th, 2012
    Just what I needed after an epic week (or, let's face it, six weeks) of running around like a crazy person. Thank you, as always.
  • Jason Crandell     Aug 31st, 2012
    Stephanie - my pleasure. Always great to hear students are resonating with the words that are stringed together :)
  • Jason Crandell     Aug 25th, 2012
    Julie- glad this could help soothe you. thanks for practicing with me.
  • Jason Crandell     Aug 25th, 2012
    Jessie - thanks very much! I'll keep them coming for ya'
  • Stephanie Barton     Aug 25th, 2012
    Thank you so much jason! This practice was exactly what I needed this evening. I love what you said about relaxing being a practice itself. Wise words, I'm always grateful for your insight and authenticity, especially when you can admit that you're so relaxed it's difficult for you to string words together...loved that:) namaste.
  • nicole LINDE     Aug 25th, 2012
    CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS POST...I was so relaxed after this class that my mind was half asleep! Made a serious typo. Let me correct...

    Jason, you never fail to impress me w/your great teaching and ability to show up with the right practice that I need at the perfect time.
  • julie more     Aug 24th, 2012
    Am loving yogaglo and in particular your classes - this one was a wonderful end to my busy day here in frenetic HK...Thank you Jason.
  • nicole LINDE     Aug 23rd, 2012
    Perfect practice to end a very energetically /mentally draining day. Jason, you never fail to disappoint!
    • Jason Crandell     Aug 23rd, 2012
      Nicole - do you honestly mean that I never fail to disappoint you? Meaning, of course, that I always disappoint you, or was this an auto-correct or some other mistaken turn of a phrase? Now, if this is what you mean, I'm sorry. AND, I want to commend you on being pretty funny and have the gusto to say as much in a saucy manner. If not, well, good. You might still be funny, but I'm glad you liked class!
  • Jason Crandell     Aug 21st, 2012
    Rebeca - this is great feedback. glad you could focus inward without having to take the eyes to your tube or monitor.
  • Jason Crandell     Aug 20th, 2012
    Autumn and Laura - V.K. seems to have even more subjectivity than other restorative poses in terms of finding what works for each different body. The back of the legs definitely don't have to be in contact with the wall for this pose to benefit you. The height of the blocks requires most people to be further away from the wall than if you were doing it with a folded blanket or a bolster. Even then--doing the pose with a blanket or a bolster instead of the blocks--it's not essential that the legs touch the wall. Just go according to comfort and enjoy.
    • Laura Castor     Aug 21st, 2012
      Thanks so much for this helpful reply, Jason. It reminds me that these poses were made for people (most of us ordinary), not the other way around!
  • Laura Castor     Aug 20th, 2012
    I had the same question that Autumn Jordan has. Are the entire backs of the legs supposed to be against the wall in v.k.? I couldn't find that comfortable place so ended up taking out the blocks and keeping the whole spine on the floor like I usually do this pose(and love). This uncertainty aside, I didn't realize how much I needed this practice today until I got into it. Your words at the beginning were very helpful. Now I get much better how it's so valuable to be conscious about relaxation. Thank you, Jason!
  • Rebeca Salas     Aug 20th, 2012
    I follow this class almost without watching, great guidance!
  • Jason Crandell     Aug 18th, 2012
    Patricia - glad you enjoyed it!
  • Patricia Brune     Aug 17th, 2012
    Very nice, I got excited when I first saw this in the queue and finally had the perfect opportunity to relish it!
  • Jason Crandell     Aug 16th, 2012
    Thanks Adriana!
  • Adriana Hoyos     Aug 16th, 2012
    Thank you Jason. May you be well.
  • Leann R     Aug 11th, 2012
    I loved your description of how the mind has a tendency to search to make the pose more intense, harder.... great insight on learning to make it as comfortable as it could be so that deep relaxation can happen. And the tip of using two blocks for V. K. was a new one for me and felt so good! Thank you for offering this class. Sending you heartfelt gratitude, Jason.
  • yogagal      Aug 10th, 2012
    I too prefer a block for V.K. how I never thought of 2, wow, S.I. joints could really feel supported.
    I also tip blocks for S.B.K. but I had edges into legs, so thank you for showing me/us that simple,
    profound adjustment of NOT having the actual edge cut into the legs, but the flat portion. Can't
    believe I never thought of this. My sediment has settled, great accurate visual. I'm sure you have
    lot's of other "tips" for other restorative poses and I hope that some time soon we will participate.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you
  • Autumn Jordan     Aug 10th, 2012
    This was one of my first restorative classes. I didn't have a bolster, so I substituted with a pillow. It worked perfectly. This was sch a relaxing class, and I even stayed longer in shavansa. But, I did find the last pose a bit confusing. Was the entire back of legs suppose to be against the wall...? Namaste Jason, and thank you!